Essay on Junk Food in Schools

1488 Words Nov 28th, 2013 6 Pages
TAL 201
May 6, 2013
Current Issues Paper

Junk Food In Schools

Although not easy to admit, it is a fact that a big percentage of the world’s population today likes junk food. Many people have become accustomed to eating foods with high levels of refined sugars, processed grains, and a number of other unhealthy ingredients (Trice, 2010). Essentially, companies have replaced nature’s own ingredients with highly processed products and chemicals to reduce costs, extend shelf life, and raise profits. Excessive salt, sugar, and preservatives are added to replace taste that is lost when using lower quality ingredients. However, things get tricky when such activities put the lives of innocent students at risk.
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At the federal level, anti-junk food bills have been introduced to address the problem. In 2004 Susan Combs, the Texas agricultural commissioner, banned many junk foods from schools in the United States. In the same year, Senator Tom Harkin introduced the Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention American Act, and in 2005, Senator Ted Kennedy introduced the Prevention of Childhood Obesity Act. Both bills, had they passed, would have restricted the marketing of junk food in schools and encouraged improved nutritional education in schools.
In December 2010, Congress passed and the president signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kid Act, which requires the secretary of agriculture to use science based nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, including vending machines, snack bars, and school stores. The act is expected to greatly reduce the amount of junk foods in schools, including sugary beverages, and increase the amount of organic foods available in schools. The act also restricts the frequent sale of junk foods for school fundraising activities during school hours. The legislation does not apply to events held after school.
According to Nestle (2007), advocates maintain that if schools are doing their job properly, school meals should contribute to healthful eating habits, should be fully integrated into educational activities, and should receive adequate financial support. They believe that such purposes would be best served if food

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